Opening this weekend
View a guide to this weekend’s new theatrical releases including Annabelle: Creation, The Glass Castle, Good Time, and more.
New trailers and updates for upcoming films
The mother of all trailers
After directing the biblical epic Noah, writer-director Darren Aronofsky returns with mother!, a more intimate, and, by the looks of it, horrific story about the dissolution of a couple’s relationship when some creepy uninvited guests arrive at their home. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris, Domhnall Gleeson, and Kristin Wiig, the film opens in theaters on September 15 after first premiering at the Venice Film Festival.
Veep’s Armando Iannucci goes back to the USSR
The new film from writer/director Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, Veep, The Thick of It) is a comedic look at the political landscape of 1950’s Russia. In the aftermath of Joseph Stalin’s death, his team fights to control the future of the country, but the main goal is to stay alive. Based on the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin and starring Steve Buscemi, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Paddy Considine, Simon Russell Beale, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor, The Death of Stalin will premiere at TIFF before opening in the U.S. later this year.
Coming to theaters November 17th, Wonder stars Jacob Tremblay as Auggie Pullman, a young boy with facial differences who bravely enters the fifth grade at his local school after being home-schooled by his mom (Julia Roberts). Based on R.J. Palacio‘s best-selling novel and directed by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), the film features a supporting cast of Owen Wilson, Daveed Diggs, Mandy Patinkin, and Sonia Braga.
The Unknown Girl
When it premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, The Unknown Girl received the worst reviews of any film directed by the Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Opening in select theaters and on VOD September 8th, the film examines a young doctor’s attempt to assuage her guilt as she searches for the identity of a woman whom she mistakenly failed to let into the small clinic where she works. Adèle Haenel (Love at First Fight) stars.
Set in Cairo, two years after the Egyptian revolution, Mohamed Diab’s second film (Cairo 678, a look at sexual harassment in Egypt, did not get a U.S. release) takes place in a police van full of detained demonstrators. As the van moves through the riots, the pandemonium outside impacts the passengers, who represent all facets of Egyptian society. With excellent early reviews, Clash hits select U.S. theaters August 25th.
Writer-director Margaret Betts won a Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Director at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for her debut narrative feature Novitiate. Margaret Qualley stars as a young girl determined to be a nun despite the trials set forth by Melissa Leo’s Reverend Mother. The October 27 release also stars Morgan Saylor, Dianna Agron, and Julianne Nicholson.
Loving Vincent is the first fully oil-painted feature film. Six years in the making, the film investigates Vincent van Gogh’s complicated life and controversial death through 65,000 painted frames inspired by the artist’s work. Aidan Turner, Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd, and Helen McCrory lend their voices to this September 22 release.
Trophy looks at big game hunting, breeding, and wildlife conservation, revealing the complicated relationship between the three. Directed by Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz, the September 8 release earned excellent reviews when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year.
Same Kind of Different as Me
Based on the bestselling memoir Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together, this October 20 release stars Greg Kinnear as Ron Hall, an international art dealer who befriends Denver Moore (Djimon Hounsou), a homeless man he meets while volunteering at a meals program. Renée Zellweger plays Hall’s wife, who insists the two men become friends. Same Kind of Different as Me is Michael Carney’s feature directorial debut.
The latest from writer-director Nathan Silver (Actor Martinez, Uncertain Terms) tells the story of a flight attendant’s obsession with a man she meets while on a layover in Paris. Starring Lindsay Burdge (A Teacher) and Damien Bonnard (Staying Vertical), Thirst Street opens in select theaters September 20th.
Italian visual artist Yuri Ancarani’s The Challenge is a unique look at amateur falconry in the world of wealthy sheikhs. Find it in select theaters beginning September 8th.
Robert Redford and Jane Fonda star in Our Souls at Night, an adaptation of Kent Haruf’s bestselling novel. Look for it on Netflix beginning September 29.
The September 8 release Gun Shy stars Antonio Banderas as an inept rock star whose wife (Olga Kurylenko) is kidnapped.
Scotland Yard inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy) searches for a serial killer in
The Limehouse Golem. Find it in select theaters and on VOD beginning September 8th.
News and notes
- Todd Haynes (Carol) will direct a documentary on the Velvet Underground. – Variety
- Nick Jonas has joined Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland in Doug Liman’s adaptation of Chaos Walking. – Heat Vision
- Milla Jovovich will play the villainous Blood Queen opposite David Harbour and Ian McShane in Neil Marshall’s Hellboy reboot. – Deadline
- Ruth Negga has joined Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones in Ad Astra, James Gray’s sci-fi follow-up to The Lost City of Z. – Heat Vision
- Riz Ahmed is in talks to join Tom Hardy in director Ruben Fleischer’s Spider-Man spin-off Venom. – Variety
- Tim Miller (Deadpool) will direct an adaptation of William Gibson’s Neuromancer. – Deadline
- Elle Fanning, Timothée Chalamet, and Selena Gomez will star in Woody Allen’s next film. – Variety
- Alfre Woodard will voice Sarabi, Simba’s mom, in Jon Favreau’s The Lion King. – Heat Vision
- Rebecca Thomas (Stranger Things) will direct the sci-fi action film Malignant, based on James Wan’s comic. – Heat Vision
- John Woo’s new film, Manhunt, will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. – Variety
- Seth Gordon (Baywatch) will direct Tulia, based on the true story depicted in the 2005 book Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town. – THR
- Anna Paquin has joined Holliday Granger in the 1950s-set lesbian drama Tell It to the Bees, based on Fiona Shaw’s 2009 novel. – THR
- Jennifer Garner will return to action filmmaking in Peppermint, a revenge thriller from director Pierre Morel (Taken, The Gunman). – Deadline